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SCAM ALERT: Look Out for a Lowe’s Coupon on Facebook

You may or may not have come across the Lowe's Home Improvement coupon offering $50 off for Mother's Day. Be careful because it may look totally legit but it's NOT...

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Better Business Bureau Warns of Storm Clean-Up Scams in West Michigan [VIDEO]

After this week's storm, you may be facing roof problems, downed trees, and other damage to your yard and home.

The Better Business Bureau says residents should be on the look-out for scammers offering to help you with your clean-up. 

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Money Raised in Michigan to Fight Breast Cancer Goes to Pay Salary and Professional Fundraisers

In 2015, over 2,000 Michigan residents gave $36,372 to an organization to fight breast cancer. The organization that raised the money is being accused of giving all of the funds to pay its president and professional fundraisers.

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Sparta Police Warn Meth Users of Massive Local Scam and Offer Their Help

Today, the Sparta Police Department (sadly, it's Sparta, Wisc. and not Sparta, Mich.) posted an incredibly helpful post about a massive scam in our area. Apparently, there's been some enterprising drug dealers who have been scamming meth users with crushed rock salt instead of actual meth. Sparta Police want to help, and are offering their services to test and verify your purchase to ensure you haven't been ripped off.

That's super nice of them!

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Diocese of Grand Rapids Warns of Haitian Hurricane Scam

The Diocese of Grand Rapids is warning of a potential scam which involves someone posing as a representative of the diocese and making phone calls asking for donations for "victims of the Haitian hurricane."

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“Secret Sister Gift Exchange” on Facebook Could Land You in Prison

You may be feeling extra generous this holiday season but don't get fooled for doing a good deed.

You've probably seen "holiday gift exchange" posts circle Facebook the past few weeks that basically asks you to participate in a Secret Santa with a bunch of people you don't know...

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FBI Warns Calvin College of ‘Education Tax’ Scam

It's the season for tax scams. One in West Michigan is targeting Calvin College students.

Wood TV 8 reports that the FBI contacted Calvin to warn of a scam in which students are contacted by phone and told they need to pay an "education tax". 

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Security Camera Shows How Fast Criminals Install Skimmer

Distracting the clerk for even 5 seconds is enough time.

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Scam IRS Phone Calls Plaguing West Michigan Residents

It seems like every tax season we see another IRS scam or two pop up in the area, but things seem to be worse this year in West Michigan...

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Flint Residents and Donors Warned About Water Crisis Scams

Michigan’s Consumer Protection Division has released a consumer alert to help Flint residents protect themselves from common scams attempted during crisis situations.

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New Scams Popping Up Around West Michigan

The Ionia County Sheriff's Office took to Facebook today to warn residents about a few scams that have popped up in the area recently.

One scam involves an "unmarked" police vehicle, while another involves extortion and compromising photos. 

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Scammers Spoofing West Michigan Business’ Phone Number

A new phone scam making the rounds in West Michigan is hurting more than just the people being called. A local business is also being tied to the scam.

"We've gotten several phone calls from people stating that we had just called their house," Shawn Howland, a manager at Lentz USA Automotive at 1227 Leonard Street NW in Grand Rapids, told WZZM-13.

The thing is that no one at the shop has been placing those calls.

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